The dashcam footage was recently released of the January 4 New Mexico officer-involved shooting of a 72-year-old suspect after he led police on a high-speed pursuit down the wrong side of the road.
Albert Urban, 72, hurtled past New Mexico State Police Officer Jonathan Wright, beginning a nearly eight-minute-long chase down I-25 that reached speeds up to 129 mph. Officers deployed spike strips and initiated a pit maneuver, sending Urban’s van flipping off the road. But after the vehicle righted itself Urban tried speeding away once again, and that’s when Wright shot Urban once in the arm, Santa Fe New Mexican reports.
Wright told investigators he shot Urban because “he feared that being struck by the van would result in death or great bodily harm.”
Urban, who is originally from New York, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his wounds. According to Officer Mark Alsfeld, Urban “rambled” and believed he was in New York, saying his “mind don’t work as good as it used to.” Doctors said he had been suffering form “a cognitive disorder.”
San Miguel County District Attorney Richard Flores said Wright had been cleared in the shooting and that due to Urban’s state of mind, no criminal charges would be filed.